Judge Hatchett was an American arbitration-based reality court show, produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television Distribution. It starred The Honorable Glenda Hatchett and was modeled after other "court shows" such as Judge Judy and the long running The People's Court, as well as containing elements from tabloid talk shows such as Sally Jessy Raphael and Maury Povich. In addition to dealing with traditional small-claims lawsuits (with a plaintiff, defendant, and monetary awards sought), she also handled DNA paternity tests and out of control teens. Originally, gentle and compassionate, Hatchett later became a scurrilous and scalding disciplinarian, intent on teaching young people a lesson by sending them on corrective trips. The show would follow these youths on the corrective trips that Hatchett sent them on.
Judge Hatchett ran interventions for troubled teens. Among Judge Hatchett's recommendations for intervention and other help were Tommy the Clown, an eighteen-year-old mayor, prisons and Martin Luther King's daughter. At least once Judge Hatchett ran an intervention herself, running the building of an outdoor theater which ended up named after her as thanks.
After Judge Hatchett drew low ratings, Sony Pictures Television Distribution decided to cancel the show. The series ran for nine seasons from its debut on September 4, 2000 until its cancellation on May 23, 2008. It aired reruns on Black Entertainment Television, and was also offered by Sony in a barter package meant for low-rated stations looking to find content between 2010 and 2012.
Reruns of Judge Hatchett are currently airing on the Bounce TV Television Network.
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